Ebenezer AME Church, Ft Washington, MD 20744
The history of Ebenezer African Methodist Episcopal Church is one rooted in faith. Since moving from the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC to Fort Washington, Maryland in 1983, the church has taken many steps of faith, and God has blessed it exceedingly and abundantly. It is a tremendous story of hope. Some people call it “The Miracle on Allentown Road.”
Our beginning is reminiscent of the origins of many AME churches. In 1856, 13 black members left Mt. Zion Methodist Episcopal Church in the Georgetown section of Washington, DC because of discrimination and segregation. As written by one of the founding members, they wanted to “establish a church by colored folks with colored pastors,” where they would worship in dignity, spirit and truth.” For a while, they erected a church at 2727 O Street NW, not far from Mt. Zion. They named it Ebenezer, meaning “stone of help,” found in I Samuel 7:12. Thus began the journey of faith.